Zach Padden graduated from high school wanting to become either an attorney or CPA. Since Ohio Northern had both an excellent business school and law school, he knew he couldn’t go wrong by becoming a Polar Bear.
As an undergraduate accounting major, Zach learned “how to dig beyond the surface to find the root of the problem” – a beneficial skill for the legal field.
Upon graduation, he was sure about two things: he wanted to become an attorney, and he wasn’t yet ready to leave ONU. “I love the small town feel and the University,” he says. “ONU Law’s job placement, cost and faculty made it a no-brainer to stay here for another degree.”
ONU Law also happens to be the alma mater of Zach’s dad, Judge Daniel Padden, BSBA ‘84, JD ‘87, who presides over the Common Pleas Court in Guernsey County, Ohio. Growing up, Zach admired his dad’s dedicated and meticulous work as a prosecutor. “He was a great role model and really made me interested in the law from a young age,” he says. “He also went to ONU for undergrad and law, so it’s cool to realize I’m following the same path and will hopefully have a successful career like he has had.”
Zach serves as treasurer of the Student Bar Association, and he’s a member of the Sports Law Society. His first year, he enjoyed participating in The Daniel S. Guy Intra-School First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition, which is part of the Legal Research and Writing course. “It has impacted my ability to think on my feet and answer questions quickly to the best of my ability,” he says.
Upon graduation, Zach knows he’ll be prepared for the real world because of the extensive practical training that ONU Law provides. “It’s second to none, and you learn things that cannot be taught in class.”